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Andromeda 08-03-2021 08:18 AM

Two guitars. There is a guitar that costs $2300 that I have my eye on and that would leave enough for another guitar I have my eye on..

KevWind 08-03-2021 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by musicman1951 (Post 6777924)
I would buy one used guitar - the best one I could find for $3,000 (but saving up for $4,000 would be better).

yep me too

cu4life7 08-03-2021 01:51 PM

It would absolutely depend on what you already own. If I already had what I have, one $3000 guitar all day long. But....if you didn't already have guitars or any that you love, I would lean towards two. Probably a Martin D-18 or 000-18 (depending on what size you prefer) and a "beater" of some sort like an Epiphone inspired by Gibson J45. That might be a shade over 3k but you could sub in a Taylor GS Mini instead if your budget allows.

I personally find that owning one guitar you don't need to baby brings way more joy to playing out of the house. For me, I've had a Seagull S6, a Martin GS Mini Mahogany, and now have a Gretsch Boxcar with a round neck. Not only is it a "beater", but brings something unique (Resonator) to my herd.

So my answer boils down to what you already own.

gmel555 08-03-2021 11:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Silly Moustache (Post 6775689)
................

...........In all honesty, there is nothing I have the urge to buy currently - I think I'm "done" buying guitars.

Silly, can we remind you of this on your next NGD post? :wink:

To OP: If I didn't have a need for 2 different types of guitars at this moment, I'd probably go with one ~$3000.

Dwight 08-04-2021 03:12 AM

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Originally Posted by musicman1951 (Post 6777924)
I would buy one used guitar - the best one I could find for $3,000 (but saving up for $4,000 would be better).

I agree, $3000 was for a long time the price of a great used guitar. Lately its closer to $4000.

hubcapsc 08-04-2021 05:23 AM

When I read the subject, I thought... $3,000 won't get a 50s Gibson or
one of those new "historic" Gibsons, but it would get a couple of pretty
good Eastmans... then I scrolled through a few posts and saw the
word "Iris"...

So :) my answer is hang on to the $3,000 until you can find the right
Iris...

-Mike

rmp 08-04-2021 07:34 AM

I need another guitar like I need another hole in my head

but,, if the choice was there, and they money was given and had to spent on a guitar, probably a Hummingbird or a Dove.

then I'd have to start selling stuff cuz I'm running out of room to store them.

rllink 08-04-2021 08:33 AM

Gibson J-185. But that is hypothetical I guess. I probably have enough money right now to buy one, I just haven't. But if someone gave me $3000 and said that I had to buy either one guitar of two guitars with it and nothing else, that's what I would get.

Vognell 08-04-2021 10:27 AM

I'd probably get one really nice orchestra model, I'd be OK with a Taylor.

srick 08-04-2021 11:04 AM

About ten years ago, that exact scenario happened to me.

I was part of a class action lawsuit against a national insurance company. The litigation went on for ten years and most of us were convinced that at best, we would end up with enough cash for a nice meal (if our group won). When the settlement notice actually showed up in the mail, more than half of the group decided it was too much trouble to file. Because of that, the payout became much larger and I ended up with $3000.00.

I gave my wife $1000 for her ‘new car fund’ and bought a used Martin D-35 with the remaining 2K. The strategy worked out very well!

Rick

zeontestpilot 08-04-2021 01:37 PM

I'd either go for two $1500 guitars or one $2000 (something like an Iris OG, perhaps) and something in the $1000 range.

merlin666 08-04-2021 01:57 PM

Life is too short to play cheap guitar and I only have two hands, so would save a bit more and get one in the 5k range.

Br1ck 08-04-2021 02:16 PM

$3k on the used market will buy you a very satisfying guitar, just not an internet darling. But when hunting, you need to have an open mind. Heck, I eMailed Bryan Kimsey looking for a D 18. He replied, no, you want the Custom D 35 a friend is selling. Now a D 35 is one of my least favorite of all Martin dreads, both tonally and aesthetically. Hate the white binding.

So he points me to a video. Hey, this sounds much drier than a D 35 should. The wood binding and koa wedge solve the aesthetic problems. The 07 build date is nothing special, but when people play it I get the if you ever sell, call me comment. A lot. It was about 2/3 your budget. It was not pristine. Not beat either. Just a really good guitar for someone that is a fan of mahogany, not rosewood. But I had an open mind and took the opportunity that presented itself.

Is it easier just to go buy a D 18AA? It sure is.

SecondCity 08-04-2021 03:34 PM

Id probably buy a J45, maybe a used True Vintage. If you could bump it to $4k, Id buy the pair of guitars that, for me, represents a nearly perfect pairing (with the acknowledgment that you could do far better with more money): a J45 and an OM21. Got your dread and your OM, and hog and rosewood. And I like what Martin does with its OM guitars in rosewood.

Black Squirrel 08-04-2021 03:41 PM

.5 of a guitar

Degenerates 08-04-2021 03:42 PM

Seeing as I already have a $3000 guitar I'll just go get another one haha.

alien 08-05-2021 06:22 PM

I would buy one guitar...Martin 0-18
Then one ukulele...Martin T1K (tenor uke)
That's what I would buy. :D

Perchman 08-06-2021 04:22 AM

After receiving and playing the OT-22 for a couple days, Im quite confident reiterating my previous recommendation: Southern Jumbo and OT-22!!

TheGITM 08-06-2021 09:18 AM

I would use the money on my kids' college tuition. :guitar:

Zissou Intern 08-06-2021 09:35 AM

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Originally Posted by TheGITM (Post 6779847)
I would use the money on my kids' college tuition. :guitar:

Now you just made me feel guilty... :(

TheGITM 08-06-2021 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Zissou Intern (Post 6779868)
Now you just made me feel guilty... :(

Nah, don't. I just happen to have twins that are headed to college in a couple of weeks... :eek::eek::eek:

SteveA 08-06-2021 09:56 AM

Here's another way to ask your question...Do you want 2 average girlfriends or 1 hot mama?

But...Funny you ask....I have 3K credit and have been contmplating this for weeks...

I 've narrowed it down to either

1. $3K guitar
2. 1 12 string & 1 six string totalling 3k depending upon deals I find

The downside to the 2nd option is $1500 guitars are kind of sucky....

Pretty sure I'll go with 1 great 3K guitar...I want that 1 hot mama

Zissou Intern 08-06-2021 10:05 AM

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Originally Posted by TheGITM (Post 6779875)
Nah, don't. I just happen to have twins that are headed to college in a couple of weeks... :eek::eek::eek:

I get it. I have one half way through undergrad, and his younger brother heading off on the 16th. And I have to admit, I did sell my Collings D1T three weeks ago, and you can guess where most of that money went... with no regrets.

emuhunter 08-06-2021 12:48 PM

It would really depend where I'm at in my guitar buying life in this scenario.

If you mean me today, I'd buy one guitar because I've gone to a number of guitar stores in the last 25 years (since I started getting interested in guitars) and have played a decent variety of instruments so I know what I like.

If you mean me minus that experience (or if a friend who wanted to really get into guitar had $3K to spend for example) I would totally suggest buying two guitars that struck their fancy but were completely different, for example something Martin flavor and something Gibson or Taylor flavor. I'd suggest they live with them both over the course of a year or two and then sell both and buy something upscale with the money from those sales (and some of their own).

Maybe that's crazy but I did a lot of horse trading when I was starting out and don't own any of the guitars I did 10 years ago and am still considering swapping things around more still.

Mandobart 08-06-2021 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by alien (Post 6779585)
I would buy one guitar...Martin 0-18
Then one ukulele...Martin T1K (tenor uke)
That's what I would buy. :D

That's good advice. I bought a T1K early this year (my first uke). Really enjoying it.

Mr Bill 08-06-2021 02:06 PM

I would buy a Martin SC13e and several Ibanez hollow-body electrics.

Similar to what I have now: a D-28, an Ibanez AF75, and an Ibanez acoustic/electric bass.

Br1ck 08-06-2021 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by TheGITM (Post 6779847)
I would use the money on my kids' college tuition. :guitar:

Words of wisdom: Whatever you do, don't promise to pay their cell phone and car insurance until they finish their education, says the father of a daughter with a doctorate.

TheGITM 08-06-2021 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Br1ck (Post 6780088)
Words of wisdom: Whatever you do, don't promise to pay their cell phone and car insurance until they finish their education, says the father of a daughter with a doctorate.

Hahaha!!!

Too late! :p :eek:

rule18 08-06-2021 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Br1ck (Post 6780088)
Words of wisdom: Whatever you do, don't promise to pay their cell phone and car insurance until they finish their education, says the father of a daughter with a doctorate.

HAH! Amen... We just finished law school and the deal with our daughter was if she kept above a particular average, we'd cover undergrad and she'd have no debt. Welll, then came law school. Made a similar deal, and that little brat went and held up her end of the bargain. Hence the For Sale sign hanging in my signature below... LOL!!!!!!!!!!

You have to give these kids credit for successfully getting through those programs.

Tom60 08-06-2021 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by merlin666 (Post 6778812)
Life is too short to play cheap guitar and I only have two hands, so would save a bit more and get one in the 5k range.

That seems about right ;) and if you are lucky with the right one, there is not much more you can get after that .. other than diminishing returns for that elusive Holy Grail .. for 20k or more :roll:


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